The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizes the collaboration of the two entities to implement far-reaching initiatives to use Karate to empower vulnerable sectors of the population, especially girls and young women who have suffered any form of abuse.
The WKF and KIF agree to implement joint development programmes in localized territories and to strengthen initiatives aimed at integrating the practice of Karate in activities to ultimately improve the living conditions of disadvantaged populations.
WKF President Antonio Espinós said:
“The WKF is committed to doing its utmost to use the core principles of Karate to fight discrimination of any kind. In particular, the idiosyncrasy of Karate makes our sport the right tool to help girls and women who have suffered from gender-based violence. As the defence of people in need is one of the main elements of our strategic plan, this agreement with KIF puts us on the right path to contribute to a better world and to further demonstrate the many values and the greatness of Karate. It is also one more indication that Karate is very much in line with the Agenda 2020+5.”
The third Karate 1-Premier League event of the season is scheduled to be held in Rabat (Morocco) from May 13 to 15. Some of the best Karate athletes in the world are set to participate in the tournament.
As the registration process is about to expire, the WKF is pleased to inform that an extension to the deadline has been established.
The window to register to participate will now be open from Thursday, April at 12.00 (GMT +0) to Monday, May 2 at 12:00 (GMT +0).
This extension is available for athletes ranked in positions 1 to 100 of the WKF World ranking. Karatekas will be able to register in the categories that have not yet completed the maximum of 32 competitors per division.
All the categories with the exception of Male Kata still have vacancies for competitors to register.
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Over 1600 youngsters from 51 countries are gathering at the event. The massive participation of promising karatekas in the event showcases the strength of Karate at young ages and is set to be a celebration of the many values of the sport.
The competition will take place at the Spyros Kyprianou Athletic Center in Limassol. Junior categories will open the competition on Friday, with Cadet divisions taking the stage on Saturday and Under 14 categories closing the tournament on Sunday. Finals will be held at the end of each competition day.
It is the third time that the Cypriot city is hosting a Karate 1-Youth League event after the successful editions of 2019 and 2021. Last year the event gathered nearly 800 competitors from 37 countries. This tally of participants is therefore doubled in this edition.
After Limassol, the 2022 Karate 1-Youth League will travel to Porec (Croatia) from July 1 to 3 and Venice (Italy) from December 9 to 11.
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The ceremony was headed by WKF President Antonio Espinós and was held in Matosinhos after the celebration of the Karate 1-Premier League event in the Portuguese city. The two Karate Stars received the commemorative trophy and diploma that recognise them as the “Best of the Best” of the year in their respective categories.
Spain’s Damian Quintero won the Grand Winner award after leading the category of Male Kata in the last two editions of the Karate 1-Premier League. The current WKF World Ranking leader won medals in all five appearances in Karate 1-Premier League events in 2020 and 2021, including gold medals in the 2020 Karate 1-Premier League Dubai and the 2021 Karate 1-Premier League Istanbul.
Damian Quintero said:
“Being the Grand Winner is a big responsibility for me. Staying on top requires keeping a constant high level throughout the season. On the other hand, the Grand Winner award is very satisfying because it means that all our goals of the season were achieved and that our hard work paid off.”
Following the resolution of the EKF Executive Committee to cancel the 2023 EKF Senior Championships in Moscow (Russia) due to the conflict in Ukraine, European Karate’s decision-making body has agreed to award the Royal Spanish Karate Federation the organisation of next year’s edition of Europe’s biggest event.
Guadalajara already hosted the EKF Senior Championships in 2019. Spain have welcomed the event two more times in the last two decades as Tenerife was the venue of the tournament in 2005 and 2012.